Missouri State Representative Warren Love (R-Osceola) released the following statement following Governor Jay Nixon’s approval of omnibus legislation that renames several portions of highways in Missouri:
“I am pleased that the governor has approved the highway-naming bill. U.S. Hwy. 54 enters from the East at Louisiana, MO, at the Mississippi River and runs Southwesterly across the entire state en route to El Paso, TX. This route is attractive to many tourists traveling through Missouri because it is not an Interstate Highway. The plan is to bring more awareness to the highway and the small towns and state parks along the route which should add growth of revenue to tourism and recreation; the second largest contributor to Missouri’s economy.”
The original language for renaming Hwy. 54, “Discover More on Route 54,” was introduced by Love in House Bill 1141, which passed the Missouri House of Representatives by a near-unanimous vote. Upon arrival in the Missouri Senate, HB 1141 was combined with several similar bills and added onto House Bill 1866, sponsored by fellow state representative Dave Schatz.